Celso encourages display of Phl flags PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 May 2011 16:42

As a show of reverence the national flag and a symbol of indepence, Mayor Celso Lobregat has encouraged the display of Philippine flags in all government offices, private buildings including schools and homes starting yesterday, May 28 until June 12.

The mayor issued the call in his keynote message during the observance of national flag day spearheaded by the Knights of Columbus or Caballeros de Colon de Zamboanga in cooperation with the city government in front of City Hall yesterday morning.

“To make the celebration more meaningful, we are encouraging the display of Philippine flags in all government offices and private buildings including schools and homes starting today until June 12, in honor of our national colors, the symbol of our independence from our colonizers 113 years ago,” the mayor said.

The National Flag Day marks the day when the Philippine flag was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army headed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo defeated the Spanish forces in the Battle of Alapan in Cavite on May 18, 1898.

Citing historical records, the mayor said: “The Battle of Alapan was considered as General Aguinaldo’s first victory after returning from Singapore on May 19, 1898. It was on this day 113 years ago when the Philippine National Flag was hoisted for the first time at Treatro Caviteño in Cavite.”

He likewise urged Zamboangueños “to treasure and take pride in our national colors: the white triangle stands for equality and fraternity; the blue field for peace, truth and justice; and the red field is for patriotism and valor. The sun symbolizes unity, freedom and people’s democracy, while the eight rays of the sun represent the eight provinces that took part in the initial revolution against the Spanish colonizers.”

The declaration of the National Flag Day is by virtue of Republic Act 8491 otherwise known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued a memorandum circular enjoining all local government officials to conduct simple and fitting programs and encourage the display of Philippine flags from May 28 to June 12.

The Zamboanga observance of the national flag day was organized by the Caballeros de Colon de Zamboanga (Knights of Columbus) and the 4th Degree of the Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar Assembly in cooperation with the city government.

The activity kicked off with a parade from the Metropolitan Cathedral to the Rizal Monument fronting City Hall where the simple program started at exactly 7am. The program commenced with the simultaneous raising of the Philippine flag at the Rizal Monument. 

Present during the activity were City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and other city officials and officers and members of the Knights of Columbus and the 4th Degree of Nuestra Senora Virgen del Pilar Assembly. — Sheila Covarrubias